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Gov. Chris Christie Demands Utilities Restore All Power By Sunday

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TRENTON, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Chris Christie demanded that everyone in New Jersey have their power restored by Sunday night, and utilities were racing to meet that goal.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reports

JCP&L said power was restored to all but around 400 customers Sunday evening, while PSE&G no longer had any customers without power.

Latest Outage Numbers: PSE&G | JCP&L

“While the overwhelming number of affected customers have had their power restored, it is imperative that full restoration efforts finish by the end of this weekend without exceptions,” Christie said in a statement. “Any further delays are unacceptable to me and unacceptable to those New Jerseyans who have demonstrated significant patience in the aftermath of the storm. If there is any failure to meet this timetable, I will consider taking appropriate action in consultation with Board of Public Utility President Lee Solomon.”

Downed trees have been a major hurdle in restoring power.

In Morristown, crews says it’s finally down to just individual houses and blocks.

“A woman came up to us and said ‘why aren’t my lights on?’ I actually went over to her house and flipped her main breaker,” said a power worker who was brought in from Madison, Wisconsin. “She’d been off for eight days and I don’t know how long her neighbors were out.”

More than 614,000 New Jersey customers lost power at the height of the storm.

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